OCE Postdoctoral Fellow - Henipavirus Pathogenesis

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OCE Postdoctoral Fellow - Henipavirus Pathogenesis

Job Description

    Excellent opportunity to work in a leading scientific institution with dedicated professionals

    Offering outstanding career development and professional support

    Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science and technology research organisation

CSIRO Animal Health and Food Sciences are seeking to appoint a highly motivated graduate who will work on an exciting research project directed at understanding the mechanism of henipavirus pathogenesis and the host response generated against these viruses.  This increased knowledge is essential for improved risk assessments of the potential of novel bat viruses to cause disease in humans or animals. Research outcome from this project will help to fight future bat zoonotic viruses.

For this project you will have the advantage of using our facilities collection of henipaviruses that include both pathogenic and non-pathogenic viruses.

More specifically you will:

    Assist in the planning and preparation of original and innovative experimental research including infection studies in live animals.

    Carry out in-vitro experimental and/or observational research activities under Biosafety Level 4 (BSL4) containment conditions within the laboratory facilities at CSIRO AAHL.

    Produce high quality scientific and technical outputs including journal articles, conference papers and presentations, patents and technical reports.

    Develop innovative concepts and ideas for further research.

Location: Geelong, VIC

Salary:  AU$78K - $85K per annum plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Ref No: VIC12/03241

Tenure: 3 years

You will be mentored by senior scientists as part of CSIRO’s Postdoctoral Fellows Program which aims to train early career scientists for a research role. You will be expected to communicate the outcomes of your research through presentation of results at national and international conferences and publications in relevant scientific journals.

To be successful you will have:

    A PhD, or will shortly satisfy the requirements for a PhD degree in virology, molecular biology, pathogenesis or related area.

    An ability to be trained to work with BSL4 pathogens.

    Sound knowledge and research experience in modern laboratory methodologies, including tissue culture, bioinformatics, qPCR, cloning, gene expression and protein characterization.

    An ability and willingness to meet AAHL microbiological security requirements of CSIRO AAHL

    Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to publish the results of scientific research in scientific journals.

For further information about CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory please see http://www.csiro.au/aahl

Living in Geelong

The Geelong region is the fastest growing region in Victoria and home to the best surf beaches, gourmet food producers and wineries as well as internationally recognised major events. From sweeping and dramatic coastline, to serene and tranquil coastal towns, to cosmopolitan shopping and dining, the Geelong region is a vibrant and modern community offering the perfect environment to balance work and lifestyle. With a healthy and diverse economy, great access to services, world-class education and fabulous lifestyle choices within easy reach of (Victoria's capital) Melbourne, the Geelong region is fast becoming a great place to live. Expanding health and research facilities are also making the Geelong region attractive to a growing number of professionals. To find out more about Geelong please visit: http://www.geelongcity.vic.gov.au/

Deadline: 31 October 2012

For more details
Contact:      Glenn Marsh
5 Portarlington Road
Geelong ,  3168
Phone: +61 3 5227 5125
Fax: +61 3 9545 7970